September may be hotter than usual in Western U.S.

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Above-normal temperatures are expected to stretch from Texas through much of the western U.S. in September, government forecasters said Wednesday.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's mid-August forecast had shown above-normal temperatures largely confined to the southwestern U.S.

South Florida and northeastern Alaska also are expected to see above-normal September temperatures, while below normal temperatures are expected in the Ohio valley. All other regions including the Pacific Coast, show equal chances of normal, above-normal, or below-normal temperatures in the month.

NOAA also sees enhanced probabilities for below-normal precipitation in September from the central Great Basin southeastward to Texas.

Above-median precipitation is predicted for the southeastern U.S. coast and Florida, mainly due to expectation of an active hurricane season. The Atlantic hurricane season runs through Nov. 30 and September historically is a peak month.

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